February 3, 2007

Elis Lead Crimson, Trail Tigers After Day One

Feb. 3, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team is still in the mix after the first session of the H-Y-P meet, held Saturday night at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. While the Bulldogs trail the hosts 127-59, they lead the Harvard Crimson 94-92. Princeton is ahead of Harvard 94-92.

The Bulldogs were once again to rely on Alex Righi to pile up the points during tonight's session. Now that Harvard's David Cromwell has graduated, Righi was able to dominate in the 100 yard backstroke after battling with the Harvard standout last year. Righi won the event in a time of 49.16. Righi would later better that time in his 100 yard backstroke leg of the Yale 'A' team's third place finish in the 400 yard medley relay. He started the Bulldogs off with a 48.29 backstroke leg, followed by Colin Stalnecker, Chris Pool and Andrew Foss, all of whom also had strong individual showings. Righi's second win came in the 50 yard freestyle, which also saw an encouraging seventh place for Jonathan Taylor.

Stalnecker just managed to squeeze in front of Harvard's Joc Christiana by 0.09 seconds for a second place in the 100 yard breastsroke with a time of 57.56. Foss meanwhile was on the losing side of a nailbiting finish. His time of 1:38.94 in the 200 yard freestyle put him just 0.08 seconds behind winner David Guernsey of Harvard. Pool finished fifth in the 200 yard butterfly, behind four Princeton swimmers. Yale's final point surge came from the diving board. Jeffrey Lichtenstein finished second in the 1 meter event with 294.70 points. Princeton freshman Mike Papageorge won the event.

The Bulldogs will conclude their meet against Harvard and Princeton with the final nine events tomorrow at noon at DeNunzio Pool. Results from today and live results of tomorrow's session are available at the meet website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity